Drinking in Ketosis


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S: 13st12lb C: 11st8lb G: 9st7lb Loss: 2st4lb(16.49%)
I shameless stole this from CD board, just thought I would share as its near the festive season! Thanks CD people!

Alcohol is a powerful inhibitor of gluconeogenesis. In fact, it forces part of the gluconeogenic metabolic process into reverse. This means that if all the glucose in the blood is being derived from gluconeogenesis then the consumption of alcohol will inevitably cause the blood glucose level to fall. Worse still, the alcohol also stops ketone body production, thus leaving the brain entirely without fuel.
A person who is ketotic is 100% reliant on gluconeogenesis to maintain adequate levels of glucose in the blood. If, under these circumstances alcohol is taken, the person will become disorientated and might lose consciousness, not just from the alcohol, but from low blood sugar. Needless to say, this could be very dangerous, and even fatal.
Alcohol does not have these effects if the glycogen stores in the liver are normal. Under these circumstances the blood glucose level in the blood is maintained by the breakdown of liver glycogen, a process that is not influenced by alcohol. If a person becomes confused under these circumstances it is due simply to the pharmacological effects of the alcohol!
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S: 16st5lb C: 12st13lb G: 10st0lb BMI: 29.2 Loss: 3st6lb(20.96%)
That's scary!! I'm going for my first night out on Friday since starting and I'm sure I wouldn't have been tempted to have a sip of wine but that's made it definite, definite!!!

Thanks for that, very interesting!


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S: 16st10lb C: 13st7.5lb G: 10st7lb BMI: 29.7 Loss: 3st2.5lb(19.02%)
Hehe - that is an interesting post - however, on Atkins you are in ketosis and I used to have the odd glass of red wine and it was fine - in fact, it was listed as something you could have occasionally... so not sure... I wouldn't go on a bender while in K, but if anyone is nearing the end and was planning on a small glass with their soup on xmas day - I don't think you should worry that it will kill you (don't quote me on that if you 'do' die, I'd feel terrible!) - although you'd probably be pissed after one sip!!! Haha x


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G: 10st7lb
(don't quote me on that if you 'do' die, I'd feel terrible!)


I'm in agreement with Anna though, one of the ladies in our LL group has been completely abstinent from food since the start of the programme (about 15 weeks), but has had a couple of glasses of vodka on a couple of occasions, the only after-effect she has had is a bad hangover where her body isn't used to the alcohol any more... oh, and she was p!ssed after the first couple of sips lol so don't think it is something to get overly worried about if you are planning to have a drink over xmas! x